- Florida Blue is donating an additional $1 million toward Hurricane Ian
- The insurance provider is dispersing the donation across 2 local and regional organizations providing community-based relief efforts
- In addition to the collective $2 million dollar donation, Florida Blue Center teams deployed mobile units to communities in need to assist members who lost medical devices and needed other support
- Florida Blue made the initial $1 million donation in early October
Florida Blue is donating an additional $1 million toward Hurricane Ian support through 22 local and regional organizations providing community-based relief efforts.
Florida Blue made the initial $1 million donation in early October and contributed to areas of the state most affected by the storm, particularly southwest Florida. Donations were made to general funds of local, regional, and statewide nonprofit organizations, which helped enable assistance groups to deploy service where most needed.
In addition to the collective $2 million dollar donation, Florida Blue Center teams deployed mobile units to communities in need to assist members who lost medical devices and needed other support.
“The losses that Floridians are still coping with are unimaginable,” said Susan Towler, Florida Blue’s executive director of Corporate Social Responsibility. “As part of our efforts to create strong, resilient communities, we remain committed to being there for the people in our state and making sure they have the essential supplies and support to meet their most immediate needs, including support for their physical health and mental well-being.”
After the storm passed, the insurance provider also offered free telehealth services to those in the areas of direct impact. The initiative was open to all Floridians affected by the storm, and not just those belonging to Florida Blue.
Amid the severe damage caused by Hurricane Ian, several hospitals were forced to temporarily close. Florida Blue continued the telehealth service in an attempt to mitigate the gap in healthcare access.
“There is a long road ahead to recovery from the devastation of this storm. Our mission of helping people and communities achieve better health requires us to continue to support our fellow Floridians and provide these communities with the relief needed to help them rebuild their lives,” said Florida Blue President and CEO Pat Geraghty.
The Florida Disaster Fund has raised more than $57 million since the hurricane hit on Sept. 28th, comprised of donations from companies like Florida Blue. The initiative is overseen by Volunteer Florida and in partnership with public, private, and other non-governmental organizations and provides financial assistance to impacted communities recovering from emergencies and disasters.